Smoke Signals Music

A Western State Music Field Guide from the Bridge City.

MAMELON - Koumba Fri Fri" by Boomarm Nation

Boomarm Nation + Sahelsounds only pressed 500 copies of Mamelon’s “Koumba Fri Fri” single. This track was originally traded at cellphone markets where mp3s are transferred to cellphones and other devices at a low cost. You can read more about this and find similar tracks at the Sahelsounds website.

You can purchase a copy of the single at and select record stores (I found mine at Mississippi Records).

Faces On The Radio - Ep. 79

I sat in this week with the Faces On The Radio crew and Karen Page (drummer for The Minders and former talent buyer for Someday Lounge) for a podcast about music, booking, and more music.

This week’s episode is UP!

THIS WEEK: Our series on the lives of venue employees continues with bookers, and we have Karen Page (formerly of Backspace and Someday Lounge, now of Urban Pantry) and Theo Craig (Rontoms and host of XRAY.FM's Take It To The Bridge) with us to talk about what a typical day looks like for a booker, and to give some expert advice to bands looking to get booked.

PLUS!! We talk about Malcolm Young of AC/DCThe Afghan WhigsQueens of the Stone AgeArlo GuthrieMr.bones, and more!

We also talk about our coming weeks, which includeCircle Takes the SquareYour RivalDrive-By Truckers,Franz FerdinandJian GhomeshiTokyo Police Club - and lots, lots more!

Air Life “Tell Me Anything” single" by New Professor Music

"Tell Me Anything" is the debut recording from new Los Angeles R&B group Air Life.

Taylor Dexter, the 23-year-old drummer for fast-rising L.A. rock bands Hunter Hunted (A&M/Octone) and Body Parts (Father/Daughter Records), is in the driver’s seat for Air Life, singing and playing guitar. Dexter has been widely praised as one of L.A.’s best young drummers. But on “Tell Me Anything,” with its water-tight soul-jazz groove and unforgettable chorus, Dexter also shows himself to be a gifted student of Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, and the song has obvious parallels to contemporaries Hiatus Kaiyote, Toro y Moi and Robert Glasper.

"Tell Me Anything" is the sound of the pregnant pause between lovers, the nervous moment between the time when something needs to be said, and the moment someone says it. But it’s anything but dark: "Tell Me Anything" radiates energy, courtesy of rhythm section bassist Brad Babinski and drummer Brijesh Pandya, and the twinkling Rhodes of keyboardist Vicky Nguyen.

Air Life are touring the west coast in late May into June. They are scheduled to perform a Rontoms Sunday Session on Sunday, June 1st!

Take It To The Bridge - Ep. 6 - Night Owl Nirvana

Take It To The Bridge! - Ep 6 - Night Owl Nirvana by Theo Craig, Smoke Signals on Mixcloud

I visited Jump Jump Music, a new and used record shop in NE Portland, and talked with the owner, Daniel Berkman about vinyl sales and the  Night Owl Record Show (Saturday 4/12 5p). We listened to a block of classic Nirvana tracks in celebration of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a slew of new music from Phox, Magic Fades/Soul Ipsum and so much more.

Low Leaf “Rise Up” by Fresh Selects

album available April 29th on Fresh Selects

written, performed & produced by Low Leaf

single artwork by Nate James + Low Leaf
photo by Joe Ash

“‘Rise Up’ is a vibratory message of restoration and empowerment to the collective Filipino psyche. In an effort to de-colonize, cleanse, and heal the wounds of history & recent natural disasters - the time is ripe now, more than ever, for the Filipino spirit to be reborn in full form. As the divine generation, our ancestors that have lived and died for us to co-create our culture through music & art are speaking through us, and guiding our hearts to a new awakening. So, people of the world - how we gonna rise up?” - Low Leaf

Slow Motion" by phoxband

Devin from Typhoon submitted a tour report via the Take It To The Bridge! hotline (503-985-8436) and requested a new track by their new friends and tour mates PHOX.

PHOX’s self-titled full-length drops June 24th on Partisan Records and you can stream their first single “Slow Motion” right here, right now.

Take It To The Bridge! with Theo Craig airs Thursdays 3-5p PST on, 91.1FM Portland.

Typhoon -

Stream All of Souvenir Driver's New Album Living Water


Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Official video for the title track of the new Oh Sees record, “Drop” out on Castle-Face Records 4-19-14. Video by Arthur Carvalho.

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